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Welcome to the Orton Family Foundation’s Heart & Soul Talks. Heart & Soul Talks focuses on Orton’s resident-driven community planning and development method, Community Heart & Soul®. Our calls bring local leaders and national experts together, offering tools and inspiration for community leaders to go beyond “business as usual.”

The Orton Family Foundation seeks to empower people to shape the future of their communities by improving local decision-making, creating a shared sense of belonging and ultimately strengthening the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of communities.​

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Nov 30, 2017 CommunityMatters
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Increasingly, philanthropic organizations are thinking more broadly about how to support systemic change in local communities. On this call, you’ll hear how three foundations are investing in long-term transformation using Community Heart & Soul®, the Orton Family Foundation’s community development model. Speakers: –Brad Ward, director of community philanthropy, Council on Foundations At the Council, Brad interacts with hundreds of community foundations across the U.S. and with...
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Oct 18, 2017 CommunityMatters
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For National Community Planning month, we focus on creating successful comprehensive plans that residents feel a sense of ownership about and have a stake in the outcomes. On this call, you’ll hear from three planners who got residents involved through the Community Heart & Soul model. Learn how community engagement leads to meaningful comprehensive plans that align vision and actions based on what matters most to residents. Speakers: --Jane Lafleur, Heart & Soul coach and principal,...
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Sep 28, 2017 CommunityMatters
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Taking on controversial issues is a challenge that every community faces. How those issues are approached can make the difference between a community that thrives and one where divides erode a community’s vitality. Join us for insight and practical ideas and tools for advancing civil discourse from nationally-recognized expert in the field, Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Ph. D. and Mayor Thom Harnett of Gardiner, Maine, who has led his way in welcoming new residents and embracing the value they...
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Aug 17, 2017 CommunityMatters
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Getting young people involved in community leadership brings fresh perspectives and new energy. Small cities and towns across the country are giving meaningful roles to youth and helping young people realize their voices matter. On this free talk, you’ll hear from youth advocates and a youth leader how to authentically involve the next generation in local decision-making. Speakers: --Laura Furr, program manager for justice reform and youth engagement, National League of Cities (NLC) Laura...
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Jul 31, 2017 CommunityMatters
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Small towns rely on volunteers for prosperity, but it can be a challenge to sustain volunteer energy and enthusiasm. With a resident-driven approach, Heart & Soul® towns rally community members to increase civic participation and create positive change. Listen in for ideas to keep volunteers motivated and engaged for the long run. Speakers: --Sara Lightner, senior associate of programs, training, Orton Family Foundation Before joining Orton, Sara spent 13 years volunteering and working...
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May 25, 2017 CommunityMatters
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No matter where you live, there is something to love about the place you call home. Yet, the common narrative about small towns focuses on what is wrong or what needs to be fixed—vacant storefronts, political differences, young people moving away. Hear how three Heart & Soul® towns are renewing community spirit by drawing on their unique history and heritage and, in turn, sparking revitalization. Speakers: --Delilah Poupore, executive director, Heart of Biddeford in Biddeford, Maine A...
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Think philanthropy is just for the wealthy? Think again. Small cities and towns are finding that all residents can be philanthropists. Local wisdom and vision, it turns out, lead to positive change. On this call you’ll hear about effective strategies for encouraging a culture of local philanthropy that builds community vibrancy and prosperity. Speakers: --Lisa Duran, executive director, Grassroots Grantmakers. Lisa has over 30 years of experience in social justice, community organizing and...
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Feb 24, 2017 CommunityMatters
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Gathering, listening to, and sharing stories strengthens the fabric of the community by bringing people together in conversations about what they love about where they live and what they’d like to change. Hearing from residents can also lead to discoveries that the community immediately rallies around, such as an 1870s African-American church in Pennsylvania or a historic theater in Colorado. Three speakers, each with different but meaningful experiences, share how storytelling enriches a...
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Jan 31, 2017 CommunityMatters
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Deep community engagement gives local leaders the courage to take risks that lead to positive change. The Orton Family Foundation pioneered the community development method Community Heart & Soul® based on that premise. On this call, you’ll hear how three leaders went beyond a "check the box" approach to engagement, working with residents to create ambitious plans that have led to dramatic and lasting results in their towns. Speakers: --Jim Bennett, city manager, Biddeford,...
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Oct 24, 2016 CommunityMatters
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From farm-to-table restaurants and food co-ops to craft breweries and tech startups, it’s an exciting time for small town businesses. Cultivating those businesses and encouraging entrepreneurs is key to thriving local economies. Our panelists, who have owned businesses, worked with entrepreneurs, and helped make their downtowns vibrant, share the secrets of their success. Speakers are: Becky McCray, business owner, author, and publisher of Small Biz Survival, a blog about the challenges and...
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Sep 30, 2016 CommunityMatters
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The arts can be a creative, meaningful, and effective way to engage residents, particularly those who might not otherwise get involved. In this free 60-minute talk you’ll hear how communities come together using the arts as part of Community Heart & Soul™. Presenters include: Lindsay Varner, project director, Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul in Pennsylvania. Lindsay is using her background in oral history to inspire storytelling efforts in Carlisle. Debbie Moreno, project coordinator,...
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One of the long-term benefits of Community Heart & Soul™ is the partnerships that are created. Heart & Soul helps organizations and institutions connect and work together in ways that they might not have otherwise. In this call recording you’ll hear from individuals representing organizations large and small that have benefited from connecting through Heart & Soul. Follow along with our Google Doc: http://bit.ly/2bEGva5.
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Jun 24, 2016 CommunityMatters
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Community Heart & Soul™ is a two-year community development method that calls for broad and deep resident engagement. It's been called a "positive disruptive force" in the towns that sign on. In this free 60-minute talk you'll hear how Heart & Soul projects got results, both short- and long-term and helped create brighter futures for small towns in Colorado, Maine, and Vermont. Speakers include, Liz Subin of Essex, Vermont; Pat Hart of Gardiner, Maine, and Saoirse...
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Storytelling is a powerful way to broadly engage a community and hear from voices that often go unheard. Hear how storytelling has brought residents together, bridged long-standing divides, and ultimately helped community foundations make positive, lasting, and meaningful impact. This conversation is co-sponsored by Council on Foundations and Orton Family Foundation and focuses on storytelling in the Community Heart & Soul™ method of community development. With guests Nancy Van Milligen,...
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Feb 24, 2016 CommunityMatters
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Young people often feel left out of the larger community conversation, yet can bring fresh eyes, optimism and enthusiasm to any initiative. And, in many cases they want to be included, but just haven’t been asked. On this call recording, you’ll hear about the benefits of youth inclusion from the perspective of students and their elders. The results might surprise you. Featured speakers are Mark Nahorney, director of community relations, University of New England, who led an effort to get...
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Jan 29, 2016 CommunityMatters
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Social media is one important way to reach out to and engage community members and a key communications tool for any Community Heart & Soul project. Hear how social media can work for you in your town with insight and practical tips from Julie Brown, program director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation in Ohio and Leslie Wright, Orton communications associate, with host Fran Stoddard. For a great primer on social media watch Julie's webinar on storytelling through social...
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Oct 9, 2015 CommunityMatters
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Community Heart & Soul™ had its genesis in one planning commissioner’s frustration with business-as-usual planning. Orton Family Foundation founder Lyman Orton saw flaws in a development review system that left decisions that affected the entire community in the hands of a few. Community Heart & Soul shifts the paradigm by starting with deep community engagement that results in clear priorities based on what matters most to all residents. Learn more about how this barn-raising...
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Aug 17, 2015 CommunityMatters
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“Involve Everyone” is a core principle of the Community Heart & Soul™ method. Towns that have undertaken Heart & Soul projects have come up with creative ways to hear from community members whose voices might otherwise go unheard. With Meagan Picard, Orton senior associate, Meaghan Carlson, past Heart & Soul project coordinator in Gardiner, Maine, and Robby Henes, Heart & Soul Team member, Heart & Soul of Cortez, Colorado. Both towns came up with creative ways to...
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Jul 10, 2015 CommunityMatters
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Learn how Orton's Community Heart & Soul™ approach incorporates personal story to illuminate a community's history, priorities, and aspirations, and how those stories can enable residents to drive local decision-making. Orton's Director of Programs Alece Montez-Griego is joined by Elaine Brett, project co-coordinator for the Community Heart & Soul project in the North Fork Valley, which includes the towns of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford, Colorado. Brett worked closely with an...
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Jun 17, 2015 CommunityMatters
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Are community members in your town in the dark when it comes to planning and development issues? Does your local government struggle to recruit volunteers for boards and commissions? If so, a citizens’ academy could be the answer! Citizen planning academies build local leadership, increase awareness, and broaden involvement in community planning. Wayne Senville, publisher and editor, PlannersWeb.com; Leanna Lawson, chairperson, Rockingham County Citizens' Academy; and Kathleen Osher,...
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Hear how Community Heart & Soul™ offers a way to involve everyone—from business owners to neighbors—in planning and development that leads to lasting results. The bottom line: knowing what a community wants upfront reduces risk for developers, increases investor confidence and makes possibilities happen in a way that benefits community members and investors. Listen to this lively call on how Heart & Soul sparks transformation with Jared Duval, economic development director,...
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Feb 13, 2015 CommunityMatters
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Achieving community-wide participation is an admirable but challenging goal. Identifying the multiple layers of community can be the difference between success or failure of a project. Orton’s Community Network Analysis (CNA) brings fresh new voices and solutions to the table and is a powerful way to understand who lives, works, and plays in your town and how best to reach them. Alece Montez-Greigo, Orton’s director of programs, explains the tool. Community Heart & Soul project...
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Jan 21, 2015 CommunityMatters
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Our communities are constantly changing. Most changes are gradual and predictable—a new store opens on Main Street, newcomers come to town and priorities shift. But, sometimes change is abrupt, unexpected—a major natural disaster or an epidemic. How can your city or town best prepare for unanticipated change? What will help your community respond to challenges not only to bounce back, but to become stronger than ever? Michael Crowley, senior program officer, Institute for Sustainable...
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Nov 21, 2014 CommunityMatters
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We all know the importance of physical health--regular exercise, eating well and good habits help us keep on track with that (most of the time). But how do we exercise our civic health? How do we improve the way we participate in our community? Evan Weissman, executive director, Warm Cookies of the Revolution and Emily Kiehne, graduate assistant, Missouri State University, join CommunityMatters for an hour-long talk about promoting healthy civic life. They share both fun and data-driven...
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Sep 8, 2014 CommunityMatters
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Your town is finally in the digital age with a website, online calendar, and Facebook page. Now you can sit back and relax, right? Not exactly. An array of online tools is available that can take your digital presence to the next level, promoting collaboration between government and citizens, engaging new audiences, and effectively complementing “analog” face-to-face engagement. It’s time for your town to get online and see what’s out there! On this CommunityMatters® conference call...
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Jun 13, 2014 CommunityMatters
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Moki Macias and Tramunda Hodges of the Annie E. Casey Foundation join CommunityMatters® for an hour-long conference call on inclusivity. Moki and Tramunda share their experience with promoting equal treatment and opportunity in community decision-making at the Foundation's Atlanta Civic Site. Follow along with the call notes: bit.ly/1q1clCE. Image credit: Brian Talbot, Flickr CC License, https://flic.kr/p/mU9dq.
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Apr 11, 2014 CommunityMatters
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On this CommunityMatters® conference call, Felisa Conner of the Office of Neighborhood Vitality in Garland, Texas talks about building and sustaining vital neighborhoods. Councilman Scott LeMay of Garland, a graduate of the city's Neighborhood Management Academy and former President of the Camelot Neighborhood Association joins her. Felisa and Councilman LeMay share tools and strategies for neighborhood management - ways to foster collaboration and build capacity to develop and realize...
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Mar 13, 2014 CommunityMatters
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Slow internet stinks. It kills business growth, hinders education, impedes health care services, and generally just makes life a little less enjoyable. But what can you do? Aren’t we all just stuck with the service we’ve got? What if there was a solution that offered fast, affordable and reliable internet service, while benefiting your community and your economy? This, my friend, is what Community Broadband Networks have to offer. On this CommunityMatters® conference call, Christopher...
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Feb 20, 2014 CommunityMatters
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What’s the difference between a plan that’s put into place and one that’s put on a shelf? People. If you want something to show for your hard work, you need to build strong local leadership and grassroots support. This webinar will focus on how to grow effective local leaders who can nurture volunteers, corral resources and build the public support that can move community design or planning work from paper to practice. Join Milan Wall from the Heartland Center for Leadership Development...
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Jan 10, 2014 CommunityMatters
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You’ve got the great ideas and a plan for moving forward, but let’s face it: Your community lacks the cash it needs to make it real. This call focuses on key sources of funding (including federal funding, grants, and crowdsourcing) and resources to help make design and development projects in small towns, rural areas, and neighborhoods happen. Our speakers also cover strategies for creating successful funding pitches and positioning your project for funding applications. Featuring: Cynthia...
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Dec 13, 2013 CommunityMatters
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After a design or planning process, most communities end up with scores of potential actions. How do you prioritize dozens of competing options? How do you get some cool stuff done without breaking the bank or exhausting your list of volunteers? Easy: start with the petunias. That’s one key lesson from the “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” framework. Listen to this call and learn how to find the easiest, quickest and most impactful ways to start making things happen in your town. Find call...
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Nov 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Public spaces bring our cities and towns to life – they’re where we gather with friends, take breaks from the office and bask in the sunshine on a warm summer day. But much of the public realm is lifeless and overly utilitarian. Wouldn’t it be nice if parking lots could make you smile, or if transit stops were so fun that you sort of hope the bus will be late? On this CommunityMatters conference call recording, you’ll hear from Mike Lanza of Playborhood and Brian Corrigan of Oh Heck...
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Oct 10, 2013 CommunityMatters
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No one loves typical public meetings where the only opportunity for interaction is a quick and dirty two minutes at the microphone. What can we do to change that? It turns out there are dozens of ways to make community engagement more playful, and playfulness makes engagement more fruitful. On this CommunityMatters® conference call you’ll hear from James Rojas of Place It! and Chris Haller of Urban Interactive Studio. They challenge the notion that public discourse and decision-making...
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Sep 25, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Is your block losing its luster? Whether vacant storefronts, unsafe streets, weedy lots or seedy strips hinder your neighborhood, Better Block offers solutions for building a better place. Better Block began as a weekend-long project in one Dallas neighborhood (think Extreme Home Makeover on steroids). Now it’s taking the country by storm. Using temporary demonstrations to test out pop-up businesses, create more inviting public spaces and add life to a tired block, Better Block projects...
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Aug 22, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Last year Barbara Walters asked four billionaires for their Top 20 Secrets of Success. The number two secret? "Always be True to Yourself." It turns out that applies to communities, too. Join national thought leader Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute for an inspirational conversation. On this recording, Ed shares seven secrets of successful communities that he has gleaned over the course of decades working in towns across the country. Find our call notes at http://bit.ly/19MLh3d.
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Jul 26, 2013 CommunityMatters
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If you want your project to truly succeed, it must reflect the vision and values of the community. But that’s easier said than done. Listen to this call recording to confirm and deepen your understanding of a community’s vision and values, learn how to use that understanding to inform design projects and a range of issues facing communities today, and hear strategies from folks who have succeeded in designing for the vision and values of their community. This call is part of a capacity...
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Jun 20, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Psst!! How do you start the buzz about a community design project and get people to participate? Listen to this recording to learn about spreading the word in your town, including tips and tools for working with local press, developing project messaging, and preparing an effective communications plan. Our speakers on this call were Amy Frykman, Vice President at Resource Media and Fran Stoddard, Communications Consultant at the Orton Family Foundation. This call is part of a capacity building...
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May 14, 2013 CommunityMatters
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In a nutshell, civic infrastructure consists of the opportunities, activities and arenas—both online and face-to-face—that allow people to connect with each other, solve problems, make decisions and celebrate community. By strengthening civic infrastructure, a community can become a more prosperous, vibrant place to live. But what does strong civic infrastructure look like on the ground? How do you know how much of it your town has? Or needs? How can you and your town start to build it?...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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You may not know it, but your network can do a lot of things. The people you interact with - and the people they interact with - can make you happy (or sad), they can make you fat (or thin), they can lead you, empower you, engage you, connect you, follow you, and change you. And that's true for everyone in your community. So if you're hard at work improving your community, take a time out to learn about the power of networks and how to harness them to help your cause. Featuring Keith Hampton,...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Who says you need a budget and a staff to turn your community around? The Do-It-Yourself era is upon us, from remodeling bathrooms to canning veggies, and the DIY spirit doesn't have stop at community. This call focuses on how to use techniques of "tactical urbanism" - small, lightweight, and often fun or surprising actions - to accomplish big things in your town. We'll hear about a range of ideas, from chair bombing and Park(ing) Day, to the Project for Public Spaces's "Lighter,...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Ideas for using the arts and other creative approaches to solve community problems. Practical challenges group members are facing, from dealing with absentee landowners to fundraising for arts projects, engaging youth and volunteers to building strong partnerships. Image credit: Flickr user Todd Mecklem
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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This call will help you think through critical steps in shaping a successful CIRD application or any community-centered design project. You'll get tips and resources for building partnerships, involving a diverse cross-section of the community, and designing a project that fits with local values and priorities. Featuring Ariana McBride, Senior Associate at the Orton Family Foundation and Shelley Mastran, former Co-Director, Citizens' Institute on Rural Design
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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When was the last time your town's police department sat down to write poetry? Or your city tackled a budget crisis through participatory theater? Unlikely strategies for community change, perhaps, but towns and cities are taking on nearly every imaginable issue with the help of community-based arts. On this recording you'll find out how music, theater, photography, dance and more can help to engage citizens and start conversations, opening the door to change. Featuring Barbara Schaffer Bacon,...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Youth and elders, young families and baby boomers. Red-staters and blue-staters, tea-partyers and progressives. The 1% and the 99%. Brown, black, yellow, white, and everything in between. Engaging the increasingly diverse people in shaping the future of our communities is one of the greatest challenges we face these days. And meaningfully engaging them is even harder. On this recording you'll learn how to identify and reach the full diversity of people in your community and make sure that...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Your "first place" is home, where you kick back and relax. Your "second place" is work, where you probably spend most of your time. But where's your "third place?" If you're lucky, your town has plenty of third places to choose from - the corner coffee shop where you can nurse a latte all day, a neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name, a library, a church, or a park. On this recording you'll hear why third places are crucial to strengthening your town's...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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We all tell stories about ourselves, our histories, and our places. But how often do those stories play a role in deciding your community's future? This call recording focuses on how communities across the country can use stories to identify residents' values, strengthen relationships, and shape community planning decisions. Featuring Barbara Ganley, Director of Community Expressions, LLC and Betsy Rosenbluth, Director of Projects at the Orton Family Foundation. Call recorded on January 26,...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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What kinds of DIY projects work in certain situations; how to measure success, plan a project, remake a highway, and engage residents - all without getting sued. Case studies from Shelburne, VT and Columbus, OH. Call recorded on February 16, 2012. Notes available online at bit.ly/Asa5j8. Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons / user jorgevr
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Given the chance to spend $1 million in your community, what would you do? On this CommunityMatters conference call recording, we’ll learn about Participatory Budgeting (or “PB” for short), a public process where community members decide how portions of their city or town’s budget should be spent. Featuring Josh Lerner, Executive Director of The Participatory Budgeting Project and Marti Brown, Councilwoman at the City of Vallejo, California. Recorded on February 14, 2013. Notes...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Bake sales might get you a chocolate fix, but these days they won't get you far enough in fundraising. If you need cash to fund local community and environmental projects, it's all about Kickstarter and Twitter, crowdsourcing and websourcing donations and support. Whether you're looking to start a community garden, clean up a river, or launch a youth engagement initiative, it pays to know how to use the web to seek out support. Join us for a webinar on integrating online, grassroots fundraising...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Every community has a physical infrastructure - the streets and roads and sewer lines that connect buildings and allow cities to buzz and grow. But every place also has a civic infrastructure: the social connections, decision-making processes, and formal and informal networks that allow residents to solve problems, work together, and build a thriving community. Join us on this recording to explore this critical topic in community building; we'll discuss building blocks of civic infrastructure...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Tornados in Joplin. Wildfires in Phoenix. Flooding in Vermont, Virginia and everywhere in between. If your community makes the list of places hit hard by recent disasters, you may be wondering how to move forward. If you've so far been spared, you know it's only a matter of time. Either way, you're due for a conversation about how to strengthen local leadership, create a new vision, and build a resilient community that can withstand whatever the future holds. Featuring Bob Dixson, Mayor of...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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If you're serious about engagement, you stopped expecting people to just come to your meetings a long time ago. And if you're really serious about engagement, you know that even social media and block parties can't help you reach all the people in your community. The next frontiers in innovative public engagement include a whole range of options, from games to placemaking to diversity training - and critical combinations of strategies old and new. Listen in to find out how to take engagement to...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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There are many ways to boost your community's economy, but one of the hottest options is to go green. If you're looking to help local businesses, add jobs, keep young people around, and of course improve sustainability, then you're a prime candidate for a conversation about growing a greener local economy. Featuring Jared Lang, Program Manager of NACo's Green Government Initiative and Mark Rembert, Co-Founder and Director of Energize Clinton County (OH). Call recorded on October 27, 2011. Notes...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Your community rocks. You've been doing great work, engaging residents and building a vibrant, happening place. But what are you doing to ensure that all of your hard work doesn't go to waste? This call tackles the tough questions of how to track progress, build capacity and leadership, and weave long-term change into the fabric of your community. Featuring Steven Ames, Principal of Steven Ames Planning and NXT Consulting Group and Lee Stuart, Program Officer at Duluth Local Initiatives Support...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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You might not know it to look at them, but streets can do a whole lot more than shuttle cars. The Open Streets Project aims to make streets less about driving and more about "walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing." Fun, right? But opening up streets to other uses also has serious benefits for health, the environment, community, and the economy. Join us to hear how communities across the country are democratizing and diversifying their streets, from the biggest cities to...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Cynthia Nikitin of Project for Public Spaces answers questions about the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design RFP and application process. Recorded on February 28, 2013.
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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This call provides a brief introduction to CIRD and the 2013 Request for Proposals from program partners. Featuring Cynthia Nikitin, Vice President of Project for Public Spaces and Rebecca Sanborn Stone from the Orton Family Foundation. Recorded on January 23, 2013. Notes available online at bit.ly/136KqmF.
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Would you loan your favorite bookstore money to keep it from closing? Or pay $1000 for months of café fare…before the café ever opened for business? Would you spend your Saturday painting walls so that a restaurant in your neighborhood could expand its seating? Cash is tight and small business ownership is risky. But Community Supported Enterprises offer one way for communities to offer help and creative financing to get small businesses off the ground or keep them open. Featuring Paul...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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It's the economy, stupid - we got that. But it's tougher than you'd think for towns to make the right economic choices. When it comes to planning, development and land use, communities make a lot of decisions that are designed to fuel prosperity, but in reality only cost us in money and quality of life. The tremendous 20th Century experiment of rapid growth and suburbanization may have brought some short term booms, but the long-term bust could bankrupt our towns, our landscapes, and our sense...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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Many communities struggle with how to help their elders age in place. But the ones that do the best for older generations are often the ones that are planning for youth as well, and all the ages in between. There are a whole host of benefits to building communities for all ages, including better support for young families, increased diversity, and more walkable and livable communities overall. Join us and find out how to start. Featuring Phil Stafford, Director of the Center for Aging and...
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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How and why and when to start a storytelling project. Listen in for a far-reaching conversation about everything from high-tech tools to community networking. Recorded on February 9, 2012. Notes available online at bit.ly/xk6Luw.
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Apr 18, 2013 CommunityMatters
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The world is greening up quickly with our early spring, but what's your community doing to green up the world? Everyone from major environmental NGOs to local school and scout groups are recognizing the increasing potential to address major environmental issues at the local level - and the potential for that very act to build community. On this recording, you'll find out how your community can be part of the solution. Featuring Brandon Whitney, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of ioby (in...
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Conservation isn't just about preserving pristine wilderness and wildlife habitat. Community-focused conservation is on the rise, and it's increasingly about people, for people, by people, and with people. This call recording focuses on how and why conservation organizations are partnering with communities to protect and steward the land that matters most to citizens, and even using smart growth and urban development as a conservation strategy. Featuring Will Abberger, Director of Conservation...
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Young people everywhere are speaking out, stepping up, and changing their communities for the better. On this recording, you'll hear a fast-paced conference call and get inspired by a number of stories about how teens and young adults are driving community change in government, the economy, food and welfare, planning and more. Featuring Brianna Hollins, President of the Rise & Shine Food Co-op, Lottie Gatewood, Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Lee...
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Bill McKibben kicks off our new Local Economies conference call series with a discussion about why we need to stop focusing on more, start focusing on better -- how our economic system is broken, and all the reasons (from carbon dioxide levels to the psychology of happiness) to move toward more durable, grounded local economies and more connected, resilient communities. Featuring Bill McKibben, Author and Activist. Call recorded on July 28, 2011. Notes available online at bit.ly/mQ170F.
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The local foods movement is taking the country by storm, and for good reason - communities that grow and consume more of their own food are also building their economies, strengthening ties between neighbors, attacking poverty, protecting open space, educating consumers, improving sustainability... and the list goes on. Listen to this call recording to find out how you can start building community through local foods. Featuring Ben Hewitt, Farmer and Author of The Town That Food Saved: How One...
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Your wallet may be stuffed with greenbacks, but they're not the only currency around. Hear about the benefits and challenges of alternative local currencies and investment programs, which offer communities a way to sidestep "big money" and add value to the local economy. Featuring Susan Witt, Education Director of the New Economics Institute and Co-Founder of the BerkShares local currency program and Trexler Proffitt, Developer of LanX: A Local Sustainable Exchange and Assistant...
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There's only so much governments and institutions can do to spur the economy. The rest is in the hands of the people - the innovators, the creators, the craftsmen, the saleswomen, the impressarios. On this call recording, you'll learn what your community can do to help entrepreneurs as they help the local economy. Featuring Mickki Langston, Executive Director of the Mile High Business Alliance and Shanna Ratner, Principal of Yellow Wood Associates, Inc.. Call recorded on September 22, 2011....
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Peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis are daunting challenges. But the grassroots Transition Movement shows that local creativity and community resilience are exactly the way to take them on — and to make our lives better at the same time. Featuring Carolyne Stayton, Executive Director of Transition US and Shauna Struby, Co-Chair of Transition OKC. Recorded on June 9, 2011. Call notes available at bit.ly/jcMwQh.
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Politicians often get slammed for being all talk, no action. But could talking be exactly the tool to help tackle your community's toughest challenges? On this call recording, you'll find out how meaningful conversations, deep dialogues and face-to-face interactions are helping communities diffuse racial tensions, set budgets, plan for the future, improve education, and more. Featuring Sandy Heierbacher, Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation and Chris Dwyer,...
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Apr 16, 2013 CommunityMatters
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How can government become more transparent, collaborative and inclusive? The Open Gov conference call series focuses on case studies, challenges, ideas and solutions from communities across the country that are working to open up and invite people in. Featuring Alissa Black, Director of Government Affairs for Code for America, Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, and Aaron Ogle, Code for America Fellow in Philadelphia. Call recorded on March 24, 2011. Call notes...
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“Our homogeneous, monolithic approach to building communities is ending. For America to see renewed prosperity, we need to learn to trust—embrace—local economies for the creative force they can be,” says Charles Marohn. On this call recording, find out how cooking oil, GIS data, and a healthy dash of creativity are helping some communities keep their economies humming. Featuring Charles Marohn, Executive Director of Strong Towns, Christopher Markuson, GIS Manager for Pueblo County,...
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“It takes a place to create a community – and a community to create a place.” That’s how the Project for Public Spaces describes the challenge of Placemaking, a process that “capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, ultimately creating good public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well being.” Featuring Ethan Kent, Vice President at the Project for Public Spaces and Paul Dreher, Planning and Zoning Administrator for the City of...
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How can government become more transparent, collaborative and inclusive? The Open Gov conference call series focuses on case studies, challenges, ideas and solutions from communities across the country that are working to open up and invite people in. Featuring Alissa Black, Director of Government Affairs for Code for America, Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, and Aaron Ogle, Code for America Fellow in Philadelphia. Recorded on March 24, 2011. Call notes...
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How can government become more transparent, collaborative and inclusive? The Open Gov conference call series focuses on case studies, challenges, ideas and solutions from communities across the country that are working to open up and invite people in. Featuring Jared Duval, Fellow at Demos and author of Next Generation Democracy and Yasmin Fodil, Partner at BYO Consulting. Call recorded on November 3, 2010. Call notes available online at bit.ly/171tPCW.